Russian Tour Operators Urge Early Bookings for Concern of Visa Delays

The tedious visa regime and seemingly short-staffed consulate workplaces in Russia are negatively affecting Russian bookings to Greece with native tour operators requesting vacationers guide two weeks prematurely.

Regardless of being the fourth vacationer vacation spot of selection for Russian vacationers, visiting Greece is popping into an issue. A lot in order that the Russian Affiliation of Tour Operators (ATOR) is suggesting by way of its webpage that holidaymakers guide three to 4 weeks prematurely to be able to be sure that the visa process — which was speculated to take three days however can take so long as 10 days — goes by way of in time.



The Greek Overseas Ministry in the meantime is saying that there have been no cancellations attributable to visa delays and reiterates that the process will normalize quickly. Greece boosted its visa workplaces in Russia earlier this yr, using extra employees and simplifying the visa process.

In line with Russian media, nevertheless, the precise period of the process remains to be unclear. Regardless of the reported issues although, the variety of Russian vacationers choosing Greece as their vacation vacation spot in March rose by 65.3 p.c in comparison with the identical interval final yr, Russia’s largest search engine Yandex revealed. Best choice for Russian holidaymakers for March was Thailand. In Greece, most well-liked locations have been Crete and Rhodes, with the best demand coming from Leningrad, Moscow and Kaliningrad.